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In her first appearance before the state convention, new Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul has attacked Republicans for their "narrative of negativity." She talked about Buffalo and defended Cuomo's 'Start Up' program. She cited construction and signs of progress in western New York.

Astorino, she said, "doesn't want you to believe in this state. I believe in this state, Gov. Cuomo believes in this state... and I know every one of you believes in the state."

She opened with shout-outs to former colleagues in the House, Reps. Tim Bishop, Steve Israel, Carolyn McCarthy. She replaces Bob Duffy, striving to cheer-lead her home portion of the state. "Guess what" seems to be a verbal tic. Incidental fact: Her husband William Hochul is U.S. attorney for Western NY.

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Cuomo lost Erie County to local businessman Carl Paladino by about 67,000 votes in 2010.

She's the first female LG candidate in 35 years -- for the Democrats. Under the Republicans, ending in 2005, the LG's were Betsy McCaughey and Mary Donohue.